A second suspect was busted this week in connection to a violent half-million-dollar Queens jewelry heist that left a 79-year-old lady injured practically a 12 months in the past, cops stated.
Abel Andrade Vargas, 21, of Syracuse, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of theft in connection to the Feb. 22, 2023 stick-up at Diamond Collect close to Prince Street and thirty ninth Avenue in Downtown Flushing, police stated.
Vargas – joined by 33-year-old confederate Andry Marcano – rushed into the shop, the place the violent duo punched, kicked and pistol-whipped 79-year-old Yuchi Lin round 2:30 p.m., cops stated.
Store proprietor Eva Chen previously told The Post her mom, Yuchi, had simply flown in from Taiwan for a go to hours earlier when the daughter went to get lunch and left her mother in command of the shop.
“They pointed a gun at her head and stated, ‘Open the secure! Open the secure!’” Chen, 43, stated of the broad-daylight horror. “But my mother didn’t know. She was completely terrified.”
One of the suspects posed as an Amazon employee and even tried to throw the senior off by inserting a package deal on the door to the store, Chen stated on the time.
Footage obtained by The Post reveals Lin peeking out the door as she goes to get the package deal a couple of minutes later, then rapidly making an attempt to shut it as the person within the Amazon garb runs up.
The suspect catches the door and pushes his well beyond the defenseless senior into the shop, simply as his confederate, sporting all black — who was nonetheless hiding on the staircase — forces his manner inside, too.
Another video launched by the NYPD reveals one of many males pushing previous the lady as she flails at his toes.
His masked companion — with a reusable buying bag in a single hand — whips a gun out from his waistband because the aged retailer employee raises her hand over her head in self-defense.
In one other clip, the lady could be seen cowering on the ground as glass from a damaged jewellery enclosure falls round her.
The two shoplifters eliminated about $500,000 price of merchandise earlier than fleeing on foot towards Prince Street.
The septuagenarian was hospitalized in steady situation.
Marcano, of New Jersey, was arrested again in May and likewise charged with two counts of theft, police stated.
“This might occur to anybody, proper?” Chen stated final 12 months. “Wearing a dressing up, knock on the door — your mother and father, your youngsters — open the door, they usually have a gun!
“They can kill anybody. That’s actually loopy. They are sporting a dressing up. They might put on a police costume, they may put on a Con Edison costume.”
A voicemail left on the enterprise’ telephone was not instantly returned Thursday.